The Advertiser - SA Weekend - - ESCAPE -

Wake up in Luang Pra­bang to misty hills, pro­ces­sions of monks in or­ange robes, and the sun gleam­ing off tem­ple spires, and you’ll ex­pe­ri­ence one of travel’s more beau­ti­ful mo­ments. Laos’ com­mu­nist gov­ern­ment has only re­luc­tantly opened its doors to for­eign tourists, but more are now ven­tur­ing to a beau­ti­ful coun­try as yet un­touched by mass tourism. Ad­ven­tur­ous trav­ellers will find tran­quil land­scapes, slow boats down the Mekong, hill tribes and Bud­dhist tem­ples. Those looking for more com­fort can stick to royal Luang Pra­bang and Vi­en­tiane, where a French colo­nial in­flu­ence lingers, mar­kets bus­tle and saf­fron-robed monks wan­der. tourism­

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